Zika virus in the Pacific
We all heard a lot about it when the Olympics were on in Brazil but did you know the Zika virus is prevalent in parts of Oceania, too? Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms such as fever, rash and joint pain for a few days. It is unlikely to make you sick enough to go to hospital. But given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor and consider postponing travel to some Zika-affected countries such as Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa. If you’re planning to get pregnant, best to put those plans on hold until at least eight weeks after you return (that’s men as well as women).
For more advice and information on affected areas, go to smartraveller.gov.au or cdc.gov/zika.